The Book : Under The Banner of Heaven
The Author : Jon Krakauer
The Genre : Investigative Non-Fiction
My Rating : 7 out of 10 Stars
I just finished Under the Banner of Heaven a Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer a few days ago. It was a pretty eye opening piece of nonfiction. If you aren't familiar with the book, it focuses on the murder of a woman and her baby, which were fueled by a fundamentalist Mormon religious "revelation".
Beyond the murder, the novel delves deeply into the Mormon faith. From John Smith founding the religion in the late 1800's to modern day Mormonism, & further discussed is the fundamentalist groups of the Mormon faith. This novel is very eye opening & very informative. I learned a lot about a Religion I knew very little about - along with a general understanding of those that practice fundamentalist forms of religion.
After finishing this novel one is left with many questions about the power & validity of faith. Definitely worth the read...
The next book I will be reviewing is Don't Breath A Word by : Jennifer McMahon. I'm speeding through this one so you can expect a review soon!